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BCYF Life Fellows

Wednesday, 07 November 2018
BCYF is pleased to announce the recipients of its first two Life Fellowships. Mike Kelly and Paul Whelan have both received a Life Fellowship in recognition of their contribution to BCYF and its founding agencies. The Life Fellow assessment (by the Board) measures the contribution of an...

BCYF Youth Services Hub opens!

Tuesday, 25 September 2018
BCYF has brought its Youth Services and headspace Geelong service together to create a Youth Services Hub in central Geelong to enable better access and service integration for young people. Each year BCYF’s Youth Services provides support to 1600 young people aged 10-25 years through...

Christine Couzens MP launches BCYF History Book during Foster Care Week

Friday, 14 September 2018
We celebrated 2018 Foster Care Week by launching a new book ‘Stronger Together: A History of Barwon Child, Youth & Family 1855-2018’ at a special event on Thursday 13 September. Mr Sandy Morrison, BCYF Chief Executive, said the launch of the book captures BCYF’s rich...

Leonie and Doug win 2018 Victorian Carer's Award!

Thursday, 06 September 2018
Congratulations to our amazing Foster Carers, Doug and Leonie, the winners of the 2018 Carer’s Award. On Monday 3 September, Doug and Leonie were presented with the Carer’s Award by Minister Jenny Mikakos at the 2018 Protecting Children Awards. This is highest recognition for a carer...

Unveiling our refreshed BCYF branding

Thursday, 09 August 2018
We are excited to unveil our refreshed brand identity that will see a move away from our foundational branding of ‘Barwon Child, Youth & Family’ to the new brand identity of ‘BCYF’. Since the launch of Barwon Child, Youth & Family in 2015, following the merger of...

Flinders Kindergarten rated Exceeding against National Quality Standards

Monday, 06 August 2018
Flinders Kindergarten have achieved a rating of Exceeding the revised National Quality Standards in a recent assessment by the Quality Assessment and Regulation Division of the Department of Education and Training. Barwon Child, Youth & Family (BCYF) who manage the operation of Flinders...

Barwon Child, Youth & Family welcomes $2.8 million commitment for The Geelong Project

Monday, 02 July 2018
Barwon Child, Youth & Family (BCYF) welcomes the investment of $2.8 million over two years for the expansion of The Geelong Project (TGP),  as part of the 2018/2019 Victorian State budget. Mr Sandy Morrison, CEO of BCYF said this funding will make an even greater difference in the lives...

Jamaine Jones is our new Foster Care Ambassador

Wednesday, 27 June 2018
We are delighted to announce Geelong Cats player Jamaine Jones as our new Foster Care Ambassador, launching a new Foster Care recruitment campaign.  From a foster child growing up, to now wearing no. 41 for the Geelong Cats, Jamaine Jones' remarkable story shows the difference a loving hpme...

Local Drug Action Team tackling alcohol consumption by minors in local sporting clubs

Friday, 22 June 2018
The Barwon Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) is aiming to reduce the supply of alcohol to young people in the Geelong community by extending the Communities That Care (CTC) Smart Generation supply monitoring program into local sporting clubs in the region. Louise McDonald, Barwon Child, Youth...

Meet our Foster Carer: Mez

Friday, 20 April 2018
Mez is a single mum to a young daughter and has been a foster carer with Barwon Child, Youth & Family since her daughter was only six months old. Becoming a foster carer was something Mez had always wanted to do once she had her own children. When she was pregnant with her daughter she...

New Playgroup starting term 2 at Newcomb Park Primary

Friday, 23 March 2018
Playgroups are a great way for young children to experience new ways of playing and practise interacting with other people. They are also very helpful to connect parents with other families in their community, to create networks, share different experiences and make new friends. In term 2 2018,...

Barwon Community AOD Hub opens

Friday, 23 March 2018
Martin Foley MP, Minister for Mental Health, officially opened the new Barwon Community AOD Hub in Gordon Avenue, Geelong West on Thursday 22 March 2018. Barwon Child, Youth & Family (BCYF) Board Chair John Frame said the contemporary new facility is improving the integration of alcohol and...

Join us at the 2018 headspace Geelong Business Charity Luncheon

Tuesday, 20 March 2018
The Rotary Club of Belmont and Community Partners (Geelong Cats, Bendigo Business Bank, Morris Finance and BCYF) are again holding the headspace Geelong Business Charity Luncheon to “make a difference” to the health and wellbeing of the young people of Geelong aged 12-25 years old....

BCYF delivering new suicide prevention program 'The Way Back Support Service'

Tuesday, 06 March 2018
We are now delivering a new program in Geelong that supports people through the first critical weeks following a suicide attempt in the Barwon region. The Way Back Support Service, designed by beyondblue, is a suicide prevention program that supports people during the critical three-month period...

The Geelong Project Interim Report shows a 40% reduction in the number of homeless young students in Geelong

Friday, 16 February 2018
The Geelong Project – Interim Report was released today and has revealed it is producing unprecedented results in preventing ‘at-risk’ young students from becoming homeless, disengaging in their education and leaving school early. The first three years of The Geelong Project...
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